RotoWire Partners

Jon Lester

30-Year-Old Pitcher – Boston Red Sox

2014 Stats

W-L

2-2

ERA

2.17

WHIP

1.03

K

29

SV

0

2014 RotoWire Projections

W-L

ERA

WHIP

K

SV

2014 Fantasy Baseball Outlook

Lester needed to re-establish his bonafides in Boston after the 2012 season when he went 9-14 and had career-lows (as a full-time starter) in ERA, WHIP and H/9. This, after his starring role in the Se...

Read more about Jon Lester

LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: YES   BATS: L   THROWS: L   HT: 6' 4"   WT: 240   DOB: 1/7/1984   BORN: Tacoma, WA   COLLEGE: None   DRAFTED: 2nd Rd    Show ContractHide Contract

$

Jon Lester Contract Information:

The Red Sox picked up his club option for 2014 in November of 2013.

April 17, 2014  –  Jon Lester News

▼ More

RotoWire Fantasy Analysis

+ Add To Watchlist

Lester pitched a gem against the White Sox on Thursday, allowing just one run over eight strong innings. He scattered seven hits and struck out nine for his second win of the season.

To instantly reveal our fantasy analysis of every player – including Jon Lester – simply subscribe now.

Jon Lester Stats
OPTIONS:   Show Partial SeasonsHide Partial Seasons      Show Minor League StatsHide Minor League Stats       Show 5x5 Stats OnlyShow All Statistics       Click stat headings to sort columns.
Year Age Lg Tm G GS SH IP H ER HR K BB W L SV BS HLD ERA WHIP
2004 20 A Sar 21 20 0 90.3 82 43 2 97 37 7 6 0 4.28 1.32
2005 21 AA POR 26 26 0 148.3 114 42 10 163 57 11 6 0 2.55 1.15
2006 22 AAA PAW 11 11 0 46.7 43 14 5 43 25 3 4 0 2.70 1.46
2006 22 MAJ BOS 15 15 0 81.3 91 43 7 60 43 7 2 0 4.76 1.65
2007 23 A Gre 3 3 0 13.0 11 3 2 15 2 0 0 0 2.08 1.00
2007 23 AA POR 1 1 0 6.0 5 1 0 4 4 1 0 0 1.50 1.50
2007 23 AAA PAW 14 14 0 71.7 67 31 4 51 31 4 5 0 3.89 1.37
2007 23 MAJ BOS 12 11 0 63.0 61 32 10 50 31 4 0 0 4.57 1.46
2008 24 MAJ BOS 33 33 2 210.3 202 75 14 152 66 16 6 0 3.21 1.27
2009 25 MAJ BOS 32 32 0 203.3 186 77 20 225 64 15 8 0 3.41 1.23
2010 26 MAJ BOS 32 32 0 208.0 167 75 14 225 83 19 9 0 0 0 3.25 1.20
2011 27 MAJ BOS 31 31 0 191.7 166 74 20 182 75 15 9 0 0 0 3.47 1.26
2012 28 MAJ BOS 33 33 0 205.3 216 110 25 166 68 9 14 0 0 0 4.82 1.38
2013 29 MAJ BOS 33 33 1 213.3 209 89 19 177 67 15 8 0 0 0 3.75 1.29
2014 30 MAJ BOS 4 4 0 29.0 26 7 2 29 4 2 2 0 0 0 2.17 1.03
2014 RotoWire Projections MAJ   Subscribe now to see our 2014 projections for Jon Lester
3-Year Averages MAJ   32 32 0 203.4 197 91 21 175 70 13 10 0 0 0 4.03 1.31
Career  (View All) MAJ   225 224 3 1,405.3 1324 582 131 1266 501 102 58 0 3.73 1.30

Age is determined on July 1st of each season.       Jump To:     ▼ Advanced Stats      ▼ Pitcher vs. Batter Stats

No No No
Jon Lester Game Log    (View Full Game Log)
# of Days To Display:    Show 14Show 14    Show 30Show 30    Show 60Show 60
DATE OPP IP H R ER HR BB K HBP WP CG W-L SV BS HLD ERA WHIP
Apr. 17 @CWS 8.0 7 1 1 0 0 9 0 0 0 W 0 0 0 2.17 1.03
Apr. 11 @NYY 6.7 6 2 2 1 2 6 0 0 0 W 0 0 0 2.57 1.10
Apr. 6 Mil 7.3 7 4 2 0 1 6 0 0 0 L 0 0 0 2.51 1.05
Mar. 31 @Bal 7.0 6 2 2 1 1 8 0 0 0 L 0 0 0 2.57 1.00
Last 14 Days
3 Games:  Avg. 7.3 IP/G
22.0 20 7 5 1 3 21 0 0 0 2-1 0 0 0 2.05 1.05
Last 30 Days
4 Games:  Avg. 7.3 IP/G
29.0 26 9 7 2 4 29 0 0 0 2-2 0 0 0 2.17 1.03
Last 60 Days
4 Games:  Avg. 7.3 IP/G
29.0 26 9 7 2 4 29 0 0 0 2-2 0 0 0 2.17 1.03

Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Jon Lester

<a href='/baseball/showArticle.htm?id=20198'>Pitching Value Meter: Discounted Darvish Paying Off</a>

Pitching Value Meter: Discounted Darvish Paying Off

Two starts in pitcher-friendly parks makes Yu Darvish this week's top hurler, giving owners who ignored the draft-day panic a nice profit.

Jon Lester Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
2013199511244916.237
2012231491455918.259
2011198501638613.210

Vs. Right

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
20137041265516543113.257
20126451175416140417.278
20115771275512423316.244

Home

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
201387.3710772263.091.16
2012107.031008641156.311.59
201180.0550823273.491.35

Away

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
2013126.087010045134.211.39
201298.36408027103.201.16
2011105.710409539123.491.18
Jon Lester Advanced Stats
OPTIONS:   Show Partial SeasonsHide Partial Seasons      Show Minor League StatsHide Minor League Stats      Click stat headings to sort columns.
Year Age Lg Tm G GS IP K/9 BB/9 K/BB HR/9 GB/FB Ratio Strand % Fastball ERA FIP BABIP
2004 20 A Sar 21 20 90.3 9.66 3.69 2.62 0.20 65% 4.28 2.57 .337
2005 21 AA POR 26 26 148.3 9.89 3.46 2.86 0.61 80.1% 2.55 3.11 .289
2006 22 AAA PAW 11 11 46.7 8.29 4.82 1.72 0.96 85.7% 2.70 4.36 .300
2006 22 MAJ BOS 15 15 81.3 6.64 4.76 1.40 0.77 1.05 71.7% 4.76 4.48 .332
2007 23 A Gre 3 3 13.0 10.38 1.38 7.50 1.38 90.9% 2.08 3.35 .294
2007 23 AA POR 1 1 6.0 6.00 6.00 1.00 0.00 88.9% 1.50 3.87 .279
2007 23 AAA PAW 14 14 71.7 6.40 3.89 1.65 0.50 71.3% 3.89 3.93 .294
2007 23 MAJ BOS 12 11 63.0 7.14 4.43 1.61 1.43 0.67 73.2% 4.57 5.20 .285
2008 24 MAJ BOS 33 33 210.3 6.50 2.82 2.30 0.60 1.41 76% 92.1 MPH 3.21 3.59 .299
2009 25 MAJ BOS 32 32 203.3 9.96 2.83 3.52 0.89 1.45 75.2% 93.7 MPH 3.41 3.24 .323
2010 26 MAJ BOS 32 32 208.0 9.74 3.59 2.71 0.61 1.93 74.2% 93.3 MPH 3.25 3.25 .297
2011 27 MAJ BOS 31 31 191.7 8.55 3.52 2.43 0.94 1.63 75.6% 92.7 MPH 3.47 4.00 .289
2012 28 MAJ BOS 33 33 205.3 7.28 2.98 2.44 1.10 1.63 67.2% 92.6 MPH 4.82 4.22 .316
2013 29 MAJ BOS 33 33 213.3 7.47 2.83 2.64 0.80 1.32 72.8% 92.7 MPH 3.75 3.74 .309
2014 30 MAJ BOS 4 4 29.0 9.00 1.24 7.25 0.62 1.26 82.1% 91.5 MPH 2.17 2.51 .313
2014 Projections MAJ   Subscribe now to see our 2014 projections for Jon Lester
3-Year Averages MAJ   32 32 203.4 7.74 3.10 2.50 0.93 71.5% 4.03 3.85 .306
Career MAJ   225 224 1,405.3 8.11 3.21 2.53 0.84 73.4% 3.73 3.72 .307

Age is determined on July 1st of each season.       Jump To:     ▲ Basic Stats      ▲ Split Stats      ▼ Pitcher vs. Batter Stats

No No

2014 Stat Review for Jon Lester    As compared to the top 100 starting pitchers in 2013 (min 140 in)

K/BB/HR Stats

A collection of stats that measure different skills.

Explain This

7.25 K/BB
ELITE
9.00 K/9
GREAT
1.24 BB/9
ELITE
91.5 MPH Fastball
AVERAGE
0.6 HR/9
GREAT
1.26 GB/FB Ratio
MODERATE GROUNDBALLER
ERA/WHIP/FIP

A few general measures of a pitcher's effectiveness.

Explain This

2.17 ERA
ELITE
1.03 WHIP
ELITE
2.51 FIP
ELITE
BABIP/Strand

Balls in play avg. and % of runners left stranded.

Explain This

.313 BABIP
HIGH
82.1% Strand Rate
HIGH

Boston Red Sox Roster

Career Pitcher vs. Batter Stats    (View All Matchup Data)

Worst Matchups for Jon Lester (by OPS against, min 15 AB)

Batter Team AB H HR RBI BB K SB AVG SLG OPS
Nelson Cruz BAL 24 11 3 5 3 3 0 .458 1.000 1.519
Miguel Cabrera DET 19 10 1 3 5 1 0 .526 .789 1.414
Paul Konerko CHI-A 28 10 3 7 4 6 4 .357 .786 1.223
Brendan Harris LA 21 10 0 4 0 3 1 .476 .714 1.190
Jayson Nix PHI 26 8 3 6 2 7 0 .308 .731 1.088
Torii Hunter DET 23 11 0 0 0 3 0 .478 .609 1.087
Desmond Jennings TB 25 9 1 2 1 6 1 .360 .640 1.025
Raul Ibanez ANA 15 5 1 1 0 6 0 .333 .667 1.000
Nick Swisher CLE 53 17 2 9 8 12 1 .321 .566 .979
Robert Andino PIT 18 8 0 0 1 1 0 .444 .500 .974

Best Matchups for Jon Lester (by OPS against, min 15 AB)

Batter Team AB H HR RBI BB K SB AVG SLG OPS
Colby Rasmus TOR 15 3 0 1 0 5 0 .200 .200 .400
Aaron Hill AZ 35 4 0 1 4 9 0 .114 .171 .377
Alex Gordon KC 17 2 0 2 0 7 0 .118 .176 .334
Eduardo Nunez MIN 15 2 0 1 1 5 1 .133 .133 .321
Adam Lind TOR 29 3 0 0 1 12 1 .103 .138 .271
Miguel Olivo LA 15 2 0 1 0 6 1 .133 .133 .267
Kelly Johnson NY-A 15 1 0 1 2 4 0 .067 .067 .243
Jeff Francoeur SD 15 1 0 0 1 3 0 .067 .067 .192
Jose Reyes TOR 16 1 0 0 1 2 0 .063 .063 .180
David DeJesus TB 17 1 0 1 1 5 0 .059 .059 .164

Jump To:     ▲ Basic Stats      ▲ Split Stats      ▲ Advanced Stats

Jon Lester: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Lester allowed two runs on six hits, walking two and striking out six over 6.2 innings of a 4-2 win against the Yankees on Friday night.

Exclusive Fantasy Analysis

Subscribe to RotoWire now to instantly reveal our analysis.
Lester allowed four runs (two earned) on seven hits and one walk while striking out six in 7.1 innings in Sunday's loss to the Brewers.

Exclusive Fantasy Analysis

Subscribe to RotoWire now to instantly reveal our analysis.
Lester looked strong in a loss Monday, holding the Orioles to two runs over seven innings of work, while striking out eight.

Exclusive Fantasy Analysis

Subscribe to RotoWire now to instantly reveal our analysis.
Lester has been officially named Boston's Opening Day starter, Jenny Dell of NESN reports.

Exclusive Fantasy Analysis

Subscribe to RotoWire now to instantly reveal our analysis.
Lester threw 94 pitches against High-A hitters Wednesday, WEEI.com reports.

Exclusive Fantasy Analysis

Subscribe to RotoWire now to instantly reveal our analysis.
Lester threw 5.2 scoreless innings and 81 pitches in Friday's exhibition game against the Phillies.

Exclusive Fantasy Analysis

Subscribe to RotoWire now to instantly reveal our analysis.
Lester allowed one run on two hits and one walk while striking out five in four innings in an exhibition game against Philadelphia on Saturday. His pitch count was up to 68.

Exclusive Fantasy Analysis

Subscribe to RotoWire now to instantly reveal our analysis.
Lester pitched three scoreless innings, striking out four, walking one and allowing one hit in an exhibition game against Tampa Bay.

Exclusive Fantasy Analysis

Subscribe to RotoWire now to instantly reveal our analysis.
Lester will make his first spring start Monday against the Rays, Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald reports.

Exclusive Fantasy Analysis

Subscribe to RotoWire now to instantly reveal our analysis.
Lester said he'd be willing to take a discount to get an extended contract from the Red Sox, the Providence Journal reports. "I understand that you're going to take a discount to stay," Lester said. "Do I want to do that? Absolutely. But just like they want it to be fair for them, I want it to be fair for me and my family."

Exclusive Fantasy Analysis

Subscribe to RotoWire now to instantly reveal our analysis.

RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

2014

Subscribe now to see our 2014 outlook.

2013

The hangover from 2011 that stayed with the team in 2012 also stayed with Lester, who had a career-high 4.82 ERA and experienced a drop in his strikeout rate for the second straight season. As hitters made more contact, Lester's batting line against and home runs allowed rose to career highs. He is still a workhorse, having thrown more than 200 innings in four of the last five years, and at age 29, time is still on his side. Like every struggling pitcher on Boston's staff, the hope is that the return of former pitching coach John Farrell (as the team's manager) will have a positive impact on Lester.

2012

Lester had another strong season, his fourth straight, and at 28, he's entering his prime years. The left-hander suffered some control issues and saw his strikeout rate drop, but he had stretches of dominance, too. Along with Josh Beckett, Lester is at the top of Boston's rotation and pitches in front of a run-producing lineup. The X-factor entering the 2012 season is how he'll respond to the leaks about his clubhouse behavior that came out of Boston's late-season collapse. As a dogged competitor who never gives in, Lester should be driven to change perceptions.

2011

Lester won a career-high 19 games, threw over 200 innings for the third straight season, and finished fourth in the Cy Young voting in 2010. His 9.7 K/9IP led the American League and he held opponents to a .220 batting average (fourth in AL). Other than a slight uptick in walks, Lester proffered another dominant season as Boston's de facto No. 1 starter. All signs point to another big season from him at age 27 as he continues to be the most consistent of the Red Sox's starting pitchers.

2010

Lester, 26, posted his second consecutive strong season after beating cancer, throwing over 200 innings in 2008 and 2009. Of particular note, Lester improved his strikeout rate from 6.5 K/9IP to 10.0 K/9IP last season. That translates to 73 more punchouts in seven less innings. He's been Boston's most consistent starter during his recent run. The walks, the bugaboo early in his career, are dropping and Lester's clearly becoming one of the better pitchers in the AL.

2009

Lester became Boston's ace in 2008 and was the team's most consistent pitcher from April to October. What changed for Lester is that he began throwing more first-pitch strikes while walking relatively fewer batters. He appeared to be getting stronger as the season wore on, even while pitching 129 innings more than his previous career high. Lester established himself as one of the game's best starters during the second half of the season and will be part of a fine threesome along with Josh Beckett and Daisuke Matsuzaka. Beckett may be the nominal No. 1 starter and Matsuzaka may have had more wins, but Lester was clearly the best on the staff.

2008

Lester, MLB's winner of the Tony Conigliaro award for overcoming adversity, was brought back slowly in 2007 after battling non-Hodgkins lymphoma. He never really found a groove and continued to walk batters at a high rate. He's a fourth or fifth starter if he's still with Boston come April. Lester's name has been mentioned in trade talks with Minnesota. In either place, he'll be part of the starting rotation.

2007

Lester is obviously a question mark entering the 2007 season in light of the lymphoma he was diagnosed with last September. He reports that he's cancer-free after treatment and is looking forward to spring training. Unfortunately, Boston has five set starters. He lived dangerously in his 15 starts in 2006, getting into trouble often via the walk. He's a cool customer on the mound, however, and often worked his way out of jams. He's a power pitcher with a low-to-mid 90s fastball, which is his out pitch. Of course, monitor him this spring to see how the illness has affected him.

2006

When the Red Sox were negotiating the Josh Beckett deal, they told the Marlins that Lester was going nowhere. The team likes the athletic lefty, who has good movement on his low-to-mid-90s fastball, which he uses as his out pitch. He has an above-average change up, an 11-to-5 curve (low 70s) and worked on developing a cutter in 2005. He'll likely begin the 2006 season at Triple-A Pawtucket, where he can work to reduce his walks and continue to be a power strikeout pitcher. Lester is a hard worker and prepares well for each game.

2005

Lester is still learning pitching mechanics and developing consistency, but the lefty is improving. Looking into his numbers, we see some good signs. Hes shown the ability to keep the ball in the park, and last season had a better K/9 ratio for Single-A Sarasota in the Florida State League. He should be moving up to Double-A, where we expect continued development.